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Spoom \Spoom\ (sp[=oo]m), v. i. [Probably fr. spume foam. See Spume.] (Naut.) To be driven steadily and swiftly, as before a strong wind; to be driven before the wind without any sail, or with only a part of the sails spread; to scud under bare poles. [Written also spoon.]

When virtue spooms before a prosperous gale, My heaving wishes help to fill the sail.


vb. (context nautical English) To sail briskly with the wind astern, with or without sails hoisted.


Spoom is a type of frothy sorbet made with a lighter sugar syrup than that required for a true sorbet. As it begins to set, it is mixed with half its volume of Italian meringue. Like sorbet, it is made from fruit juice, wine, sherry or port and served in a tall glass (with a few tablespoons of champagne spooned over it). The name comes from the Italian spuma (foam). In Italy, spumone is a light frothy ice cream made with egg whites, a flavouring and whipped cream.

Usage examples of "spoom".

Dryden, that prince of poets, and the dear knows we spoom in the most virtuous manner.